Report: Ex-Rams DT Ndamukong Suh Agrees to 1-Year Contract with Buccaneers

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 23: Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during warm ups before taking on the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is reportedly close to joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the two sides agreed to a one-year, $9.25 million deal. 

Schefter first reported the two sides were finalizing a deal on Tuesday.

The Miami Dolphins cut bait on the 32-year-old last March, releasing him three years into his six-year, $114 million deal. By doing so, they ate $9.1 million in dead money in 2018 and have $13.1 million in dead money on the books in 2019, such was their desire to move on.

Suh wasted little time signing a one-year, $14 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

Many expected the five-time Pro Bowler to have a short stay in Los Angeles. The Rams started the offseason with just under $17.9 million to spend and already let Lamarcus Joyner and Rodger Saffold walk.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Saffold agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Tennessee Titans. Joyner got a four-year deal from the Oakland Raiders, per Schefter. The writing was on the wall by that point.

Suh was more of a luxury than a necessity for the NFC champions. One could argue he fell somewhat short of expectations as well.

Last October, Rams head coach Sean McVay spoke highly of Suh's contributions, per Rams Wire's Cameron DaSilva: "Yeah, I think he's been a little bit more. I've always had a lot of respect for his game, but I think his ability to really play across the line, really, at any interior spot. He can play off the edge and he's made a lot of plays, really, at all those spots. So, continue to come away impressed with him."

The numbers paint a different picture of his impact.

Although opposing teams focused the lion's share of their attention on stopping Aaron Donald, Suh's final numbers (59 combined tackles and 4.5 sacks) weren't far from what he delivered in his final year with the Dolphins (48 combined tackles and 4.5 sacks).

He didn't help the Rams defensive line reach elite status, either. According to Football Outsiders, Los Angeles ranked 21st in adjusted line yards and 19th in adjusted sack rate.

Given how everything played out, the Rams almost certainly don't regret signing Suh, but they're probably satisfied to watch him leave in free agency.

His days as one of the NFL's most feared defensive linemen are over. He's on the wrong side of 30, and he has one Pro Bowl appearance in the last four years. 

At least the Bucs will have a good idea of the player they're signing. Approaching his 10th season, Suh can be a quality defensive tackle, just not the disruptive force he was when he earned what was then a record-setting deal from the Dolphins.

Suh became a natural fit for Tampa Bay after the organization announced a mutual parting of ways with Gerald McCoy on Monday. 

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles can plug Suh into McCoy's spot on the defensive line. He's not the dominant pass-rusher from his peak with the Detroit Lions, but as a one-year rental option at this point in the offseason, the Bucs found an ideal fit for their roster.

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